Apparently, over the past weekend, there was some sort of debate and also a pro ball game. Maybe North Korea launched a missile.
What I noticed, was the new clip, Formation, from Beyoncé.
Dropped on Saturday afternoon – timed with the birthdays of Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland during the first weekend of Black History Month. It is a work of art and a political commentary of note.
And then – then! – one day after dropping the single, she performed Formation at the Super Bowl half time show. #SB50 was held in The Bey Area, clearly. My guy and I debated as to whether or not she would, even could, perform that song so quickly but clearly she could and she did. And she was phenomenal with her dancers wearing black [panther] berets.
This was history in the making and I cried and smiled and cheered to see all of these proud black women capturing the attention of viewers around the world. I bow to them all. I feel lucky to be alive today (for a lot of reasons!) and have been able to witness all of this.
I will not begin to break this down and explain it, only to express my admiration and gratitude for this stunning tribute to black lives. #BlackLivesMatter The only voice I speak for is my own and, today, as on many days, it can stay quiet.
I will, however, share with you the excellent pieces of writing on this amazing video by a sampling of the many brilliant black women who have put their thoughts on the page.
If you have not yet watched the clip, please do watch it. Enjoy the music and the dancing but, most importantly, think about the messages. Most importantly, think. Enjoy!
Video Clip on YouTube: Formation by Beyoncé
Awesomely Luvvie: Awesomely Luvvie
Black Girl Nerds: Black Girl Nerds
New South Negress: New South Negress
Musings of a Renegade Futurist: Musings of a Renegade Futurist
Britt Julius on Pitchfork: Britt Julius on Pitchfork
Syreeta McFadden on The Guardian: Syreeta McFadden on The Guardian
Tiffany Lee on BGD: Tiffany Lee on BGD
Feminista Jones on Medium: Feminista Jones on Medium
Jamilah King on mic.com: Jamilah King on mic.com
Thembisa S. Mshaka: Thembisa S. Mshaka
Lauren Chanel Allen: Lauren Chanel Allen
Naila Keleta-Mae: Naila Keleta-Mae
Zandria F. Robinson on Rolling Stone: Zandria Robinson on Rolling Stone
Regina N. Bradley on The Washington Post: Regina Bradley on The Washington Post